Simon Gubbins Scholarship awarded to a bright young star of the Beef Industry.

The Simon Gubbins Scholarship for 2014 has been awarded to Alice Lodge from Gerogery West in New South Wales. Alice is a fourth year student at University of New England, studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in plant production. In addition to this Alice is involved in a number of agricultural groups with a focus on youth activities. Namely, Alice is the vice chairperson for the Angus Youth Roundup 2015.

Alice is thrilled to be given the opportunity to travel to Lincoln University to study, with her grandfather being an ex Lincoln student and also having roots in New Zealand.
“I am so excited to be awarded the Simon Gubbins scholarship and would like to thank the Gubbins family for their investment in my future”, Alice said.

Sponsored by the Old Murroa Partnership, the Simon Gubbins Scholarship provides annually an Australian student with the opportunity to study a Degree or Diploma of Agriculture course at the prestigious Lincoln University in New Zealand. The Scholarship is also open to a student looking to undertake post graduate study.

The Gubbins family, Old Murroa Partnership, Hamilton, Victoria are once again proud to be sponsoring the scholarship. Named after the late Simon Gubbins, Jenny and John Gubbins said, “We feel this is something Simon would be very happy with”.

Simon’s sister Georgina was a member of this year’s interview panel and said, “The standard of applicants was high but Alice stood out as the applicant with a rich passion for the industry and engaging youth. We feel that Alice will gain a wealth of experience in New Zealand and importantly will in future be a leader in Australian Agriculture”.

Simon Gubbins studied agriculture at Lincoln College (now Lincoln University) in New Zealand, was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 1997 and went on to serve on the selection panel for that scholarship.

“Simon was a very strong supporter of ABIF and its aims of inspiring beef industry careers, and was one of the first seedstock breeders in Australia to donate the proceeds from the sale of a bull at his annual sale to ABIF” Frank Archer, ABIF director said.

This scholarship represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Alice. Lincoln University is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading agricultural educational institutions. Lincoln University is situated in the middle of the Canterbury Plains, a rich agricultural production area and home to many of New Zealand and the world’s most innovative producers. “Alice will not only receive a tertiary education but will be engaged in a life changing experience”, Frank Archer concluded.

Contact: Frank Archer Director- Australian Beef Industry Foundation


Mobile: 0417 506 163

Contact: Alice Lodge Scholarship Recipient


Mobile: 0400 536 055

Contact: Georgina Gubbins Representative- Gubbins Family


Mobile: 0417 311 561